Ed Note: HHR does not condone illegal drug use unless it enables the user to hit lots of homeruns for our favorite baseball team. That said, contributor Assassin Avenue makes a strong case that we really need to stop the insanity perking up from the latest Phelpsian scandal.
Yes, I pulled a Costas and used the adjective "Phelpsian."
News broke today that Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he will charge Michael Phelps with a crime if he determines the Olympics hero smoked marijuana in Richland County.
Surely this has got to be the straw that breaks the camel's back as it relates to America's insane attitude towards Marijuana. We are retroactively going after Michael Phelps for a little harmless fun? You have got to be kidding me.
A brief bit of history: in 1937 the F.D. Roosevelt administration crafted 1937 Marihuana Tax Act the first national US law making cannabis possession illegal in the US via an unpayable tax on the drug. The real reason this happened was that blacks in the South were growing their own pot and smoking it instead of buying alcohol. The alcohol lobby banned together and whamo – now a plant that grows just about anywhere is illegal.
This prohibition regarding a plant (a plant!!) that makes the same amount of sense as prohibition for alcohol did (read: none).
You can't turn on the television in this country without seeing ad after ad re: pills. Drugs to make your dick hard, pills to keep your legs still, and sleeping pills with humorous (yet dangerous) effects just to make a few.
Yet we're going to retroactively prosecute the greatest Olympic Athlete of all time because a photo of him smoking a plant appeared on the Internet. The only rationale for this? Because that's the way we've always done things around here.
This is beyond insane. It's time for this Nation to grow up.
Maybe you disagree with me. If so, I just ask that you remember, come the 2012 Olympics, when you're cheering on Michael Phelps, you're watching a dope smoker kick everyone's butt. Reefer Madness indeed.